February is the month of love and with it comes thoughts of warmth and thoughts of cold. Warm fires, warm hearts filled with love on special date nights are the things we think of first in February. But for some, there are cold memories that bring up pure hatred of abusers they may be living with now; or perhaps they are haunted by the memory of wicked acts performed against them in their past. Valentine’s Day can be a dreaded holiday or a favorite holiday. Allow me to introduce you to a strong, heroic woman who has learned that forgiving your abuser(s) helps to set you free.
Down here in the heart of Dixie where our family and friendship roots run deep, you’d never dream that we sometimes have trouble getting along with each other. Forgetting the Hatfield clan with a patriarch by the name of “Devil Anse;” for the most part we are a civil society. Still, we do encounter people from time to time who are just hard to love. So how can we mind our manners and learn to love difficult people?
Bringing home the yule log in certain European countries involves picking a special “block” of wood to burn on Christmas Eve. The Yule Log that I am referring to will be consumed, but hopefully, never burned. When my kids were little, our traditional Christmas meal dessert was a yule log cake.